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Hi I'm John

I have studied the sciences, served in the U.S. Navy and now sell house paint. I am a Mormon.

About Me

After high school I got a B.S. degree in chemistry from a small university in Kansas, followed by the U.S. Navy where I first served on a ship as an engineering officer, then a year in DaNang, Viet Nam. I am husband to the most wonderful woman, a father, a grandfather and a great grandfather. My wife of 40 years and I currently own a paint store in Denver. I am a Freemason, a Shriner, a Highland bagpiper, a uilleann bagpiper, a beekeeper, a rock climber, a swimmer, a motorcycle enthusiast, a ballroom dancer, and a piano student. I love studying the scriptures, reading books about my faith and discussing the Gospel with my brothers and sisters in our church.

Why I am a Mormon

For a long time prior to 2009 I did not associate with any church. In the fall of 2009, my wife and I took a motorcycle trip to Salt Lake City. The sightseeing included a tour of the Temple Square, conducted by two young sister missionaries. Their discussion about the church buildings, the history of the church and the hardships endured by the early church pioneers was intriguing to me. The sisters mentioned the need for church members to agree to standards of health. I had already been thinking I should take better care of myself, and knew I was addicted to alcohol, tobacco and coffee. I told the missionaries in Salt Lake City that I would welcome a visit from the local missionaries when I returned to my home town. Back home I listened to every lesson the elders had to teach me. In Sunday school my teacher was a retired aerospace engineer who was able to help me learn to process concepts which cannot be examined scientifically. This man helped me enormously with questions that can frustrate those of us who try merely to intellectualize our way through our faiths. As I prayed for truth and the direction I should take, it was clear to me that I needed to become a member of this church and continue to grow spiritually. I am a Mormon because this Church makes sense. In this church I have received answers to questions that puzzled me for years. Christian doctrines which I couldn't understand in the past now make sense in light of my new insight. Each element of the church confirms to me the truth of next. Most of all, I am a Mormon because the soft voice of the Holy Ghost whispers to me the truth of this church and of our Heavenly Father's plan for us all.

How I live my faith

I love to communicate with people. I enjoy hearing their life stories and their thoughts on what is important to them. Since I became a member of the church, I have listened especially for people who are in search of answers to life's important questions. I especially enjoy talking with other converts to our church. I love to hear how their thoughts and feelings progressed as they gained knowledge about Christ's true church. I am presently active in our Ward's missionary group. I enjoy accompany the full time missionaries when they meet with those who are investigating our faith. I enjoy home teaching those of our church members who have been assigned to me. I get to visit them in their homes once a month. They have become like my own family. I have also helped with organizing service projects for our ward to accomplish in the community. In my calling in the church I am fortunate to attend the Sunday School Class known as the Gospel Principles class where we teach and discuss the fundamentals of our faith. People attending our church for the first time, those who are investigating our faith and new members to the church attend this class. There is always a lot of interest, discussing and learning during this informal class.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

John
The many college courses I took regarding human development, anatomy and physiology have given me a high appreciation for the beauty and complexity of our human bodies. Since I didn't do anything to deserve this body, I feel that I really do not own it. I feel that it is temporarily on loan to me from my Heavenly Father to house my immortal spirit while I experience my time on earth. It is my responsibility to take as good care of my body as I can, which means to me I need to avoid addictive and harmful substances, to exercise and keep it strong, to keep it properly nourished and to not subject it to dangerous or unsafe conditions. A temple is a physical place on earth, which is pure enough for God or the Holy Ghost to reside in. This definition may include the human body, but only as long as it is pure enough to be worthy of the presence of the Holy Ghost. By keeping our bodies and minds pure and healthy, we are able to successfully invite the Holy Ghost to permanently live within us and be our spirit's constant instructor, protector and comforter. Show more Show less